The Lion Fire is now at 75% containment. Trail closures are still in place, so plan accordingly. The official news update for today is below.
The Lion Fire is currently 19,050 acres and 75% contained. The fire continues to hold in the south and west containment lines with fire growth moving east toward the Kern River. The Fish fire scar is south of the fire. However, the fire’s growth is to the east in an area with no previous fire scar to slow down its progression.
The fire remained active yesterday, with the west wind pushing the fire across Hockett Trail (33E01) to the Kern River. At this time the fire is on the west side of the river. If the fire crossed the Kern River, the fire behavior and smoke production will increase, declining air quality.
Today, crews will assess our ability to go direct with handline and secure the fire’s edge. We are using aircraft to minimize fire growth, and moderate fire activity as the fire approaches the Kern River.
A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National Forest visitors by prohibiting entry into the area while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place, helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices or call 559-784-1500 for more information.
Smoke Impacts: Only moderate levels of smoke under cloudy conditions this morning, although areas along the Kern River Valley to the south still have higher levels of smoke which should clear by noon or earlier. Light west transport winds today should push smoke aloft toward the Owens Valley, although no significant air quality impacts are expected. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting eitherwww.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. For Lion Fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/
Please visit Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District – Home for more air quality information.